Eldred D. Jones

Professor Eldred Durosimi Jones (6 January 1925 – 21 March 2020)[1] was a Sierra Leonean academic and literary critic, known for his book Othello's Countrymen: A Study of Africa in the Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. He was a principal of Fourah Bay College.[2] Jones died in Freetown, Sierra Leone around 1am on Saturday 21 March 2020.


Eldred Durosimi Jones was born on 6 January 1925 to Sierra Leone Creole people parents. On his maternal side, Jones descended from the Jamaican Maroons. Jones attended the CMS Grammar School, Freetown, and Fourah Bay College (1944-47), before studying in England at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1950-53) and the University of Durham (1962).[1]

His critical works include Othello's Countrymen: A Study of the African in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (Oxford University Press, 1985), The Writing of Wole Soyinka (Heinemann, 1973), and The Elizabethan Image of Africa (University of Virginia for the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1971).[1] He was also the author of The Freetown Bond: A Life under Two Flags (James Currey, 2012) with the help of his wife Marjorie Jones.

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  1. ^ a b c Africa Who's Who, London: Africa Journal for Africa Books Ltd, 1981, p. 537.
  2. ^ "Birmingham University honours 2". Awareness Times. 24 April 2006. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011.